Description - Losing It by Sandy McKay
NZ Post Children's Book Award-winning young adult novel about a young girl s journey back from anorexia to health and independenceJohanna is in hospital, writing letters to her best friend, Issy- letters because for Johanna, most things that we take for granted have turned into privileges. She can only have visitors, leave her room, or even use the phone, if she starts to eat. Johanna suffers from anorexia, and her condition has reached a point where doctors, nurses, and counsellors have had to find new ways to encourage, bribe, cajole or, as she thinks, punish her into returning to a normal weight. As Johanna exchanges letters with Issy, and her own family, the novel is also peppered with extracts from Johanna s diary, quotations from the hospital notice boards, poems, and even bathroom graffiti. Johanna offers us wry, insightful portraits of her fellow patients in the ward. Counterbalancing her experience, Issy offers us a picture of a full family, school and social life, a life that Johanna has left behind for a while at least. Slowly, we and Johanna start to unravel the history that brought her to these desperate circumstances. It s the story of a young girl struggling
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Author Biography - Sandy McKay
Sandy McKay s first novel, Recycled won the Junior Fiction Award, NZ Post Children s Book Awards in 2002. The sequel Colin goes Bush, and her later books, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, My Dad, the All Black and Spiders in my Stomach have all been highly praised and listed in the Most Notable Books list. Sandy has held the Writers in Residence at the College of Education in Dunedin and has received writer s grants from Creative New Zealand.